2020 Student and Practitioner Registration Awards 

** Apply Now ** Due 6/24/2020 **

The Rangeland Ecology section invites applications for registration funding for the 2020 Annual Meeting. The section will award registrations to 8 individuals, prioritizing  students, farmers, and ranchers from Black communities, Native American communities, and all other communities of color.   The awards are open to all applicants with an interest in rangelands, regardless of whether they will be presenting at the meeting.

The meeting will be fully virtual this year from August 3–6 in response to the pandemic. The virtual meeting will provide four days of inspiration and community, an opportunity to focus on your interests, research, and your career, and a way to connect with the community of ESA rangeland ecologists, students, colleagues, and leaders from across the field.  Meeting registration provides you:

  • A plenary video each day of the meeting, followed by live Q&A with the keynote speaker.
  • A live virtual panel focused on an emerging topic.
  • More than 3,000 talks and posters available on demand (during and after the meeting dates).
  • Asynchronous Q&A for all presentations.
  • Live video networking sessions each day.
  • Career Central talks available on demand (during and after the meeting dates).
  • Exhibits to learn more about important products, software and services.

See the virtual meeting FAQs to read more about the format.

To apply, please send a 1-2 paragraph statement to the section’s Student Liaison, Joseph Gazing Wolf, at shunkaha3@nullgmail.com. Explain your interest in rangelands and why it is important for you to attend the meeting.  Application deadline is June 24, 2020.

A Call for Solidarity and Action

Dear colleagues,The murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade and so many more, in addition to the disproportional impact of COVID-19 on black Americans cannot be met with silence.  The 2020 leadership of the Rangeland section fully affirms that lives of black Americans matter and are important to ecology, rangelands, and rangeland science. So, let us join together to support America’s black, brown and indigenous peoples, especially those who live or work on the rangelands we cherish and study. We need to remember that rangelands have often been flash points for racism and bigotry throughout America’s history.  Many Native Americans were driven from these lands, and worse, were persecuted and killed in the process.  Even today, rangelands are used as political pawns to depict an ideal of a “wide open” America by white supremacists scoring political points and spewing hatred toward those who see them as ecological safe havens or lands where human livelihoods and wildlife can be shared sustainably.Let this be a rallying call to all of us in the Rangeland Section to find a way forward to correct these destructive, divisive and too often, deadly injustices.  Environmental good cannot come without racial justice. As we formulate a plan to stamp out racism and discrimination, we would like to hear from you with suggestions.  The sooner we use our resources and our platforms to learn, share, and act, the sooner we will be able to partner with America’s black, brown and indigenous communities of color to enact social and environmental good.We will allot time to creating plans of action at the forthcoming section meeting in August 2020 (detail forthcoming), but in the meantime, please respond with your ideas over email, to RangelandEcology “at” community.esa.org 


Sheri Spiegal, Chair

Daniel I. Rubenstein, Vice Chair

Elizabeth G King, Secretary

Joseph Gazing Wolf, Student Liaison

A.Josh Leffler, Past Chair

Sarah E. McCord, Organizer of 2020 section-sponsored Organized Oral Session


2019 Excellence in Rangeland Ecology Research Travel Awards

The Rangeland Ecology section has awarded travel grants to two graduate students to attend and present their research in Louiville this August.  See the Awards tab for details.


2018 Student travel awards for ESA in New Orleans

Rangeland Ecology Section announces availability of travel awards for students presenting range-related talks or posters at the ESA Annual Meeting in New Orleans in August.  See the awards page on this website and apply before May 31, 2018.